Karen Joy Campbell, MSW LCSW

Contact Information

Northwest Portland
1962 NW Kearney Street # L103
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 998-7030
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E-Mail 24hr Phone
morejoy2_2000 (503) 998-7030

Accepting new clients: Yes
Usual Office Hours:
I meet clients only by appointments. My practice days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays .

If my child needs therapy am I a bad parent?

Professional Focus

  • Parenting challenging children/teens
  • Divorce/Separation issues, school problems and building self-esteem.
  • Blended families, step-parenting and family transitions
  • Gender identity/Sexual orientation issues with children adolescents, adults and couples.
  • Hispanic cross-cultural issues

I work with gay and straight families to help them unlock their full potential to live full, balanced lives. I also enjoy working with individuals with alternate family structures to find healthy, creative ways to co-parent and live in harmony with one another.
I approach counseling as a collaborative relationship between client and therapist, where personal growth occurs within the context already existing strengths in the client. In my practice, I provide a safe, respectful environment for you to increase your self-awareness, maintain deeper connections with others and find more balance in your daily life. Healing is the process of becoming whole, where more of our true self is brought into the light. What is in the light is now available for our conscious awareness.  Awareness IS the work!

I use mindfulness, thoughtful exploration, art, Jungian Sandplay therapy and creative problem-solving to assist clients in the counseling process. I also can give practical homework assignments to support your goals in therapy.

Sandplay therapy is not just for children! Children happen to be more comfortable with play; therefore, they can tap deeper into their creativity.  Sandplay is a powerful modality to access parts of ourselves that are ready to emerge in the midst of talk therapy. Nothing can surface while creating in the sand that we are not ready to see. Working with the sand can be a truly spiritual, transformational experience. How can I be sure of the healing power of Sandplay? I have made many trays myself, which is required to become a Jungian Sandplay practitioner. The number of trays you create is not important. Your willingness to make a few throughout the therapy process can have a great impact on your journey to becoming more whole.

I have a relational/attachment based style of engaging with clients while maintaining a gentle balance of warmth and honesty. If you have finished reading this narrative, you have already taken a brave step forward-now it is time to dive in!



If my child needs therapy am I a bad parent?


Absolutely not! Don't be hard on yourself! You are a human being, as your parents were. We were not born with parenting tools and an instruction booklet. Our parents wrote the booklet for us, deleted what no longer applied (what they did not want to repeat another generation) and showed us how to carry through the instructions.


Our own parents equip us with the parenting tools THEY learned from their parents; Parents often learn new tricks and strategies along the road of parenthood, of which their parents were unaware. The resourcefulness of parents is truly amazing.


You may need to add some new tools to your collection or sharpen some you already using. This can help YOU restore the balance in your family.



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